A Brief History of The Hudson Valley Writers' Center


1983
Margo Taft Stever launches the Sleepy Hollow Poetry Series (SHPS) at the Warner Library in Tarrytown.

1988

Margo Taft Stever broadens the programmatic scope of the SHPS, by founding The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center.
On June 28th, HVWC becomes incorporated. The original Board of Directors consists of Margo Taft Stever, Donald Stever, Nicholas
Robinson, and Patricia Farewell.

1990

Margo Taft Stever founds Slapering Hol Press (SHP) which publishes its first chapbook, Voices from the River.

1991

The Philipse Manor Railroad Station is placed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.
SHP publishes Dina Ben-Lev’s Note for a Missing Friend, the winning entry of its first annual chapbook competition.

1993

HVWC receives Westchester Arts Council Arts Award for Best Arts Organization.

1995

Reconstruction of the Railroad Station begins.
HVWC establishes a literacy project at the Coachman Family Center. 1996
HVWC celebrates the opening of its new railroad station home with a reading by Billy Collins.

2000

HVWC launches its new website, www.writerscenter.org.

2005

HVWC receives the Excellence in Historic Preservation Award from the Preservation League of New York State for its station restoration

2008

SHP launches its Conversation Series, Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, by Elizabeth Alexander and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon.
Granted Westchester Arts Council’s prize for best arts organization.

2009

HVWC celebrates the quadricentennial of the Hudson River exploration by publishing Hudson River Haiku by Helen Barolini.
HVWC named “Best Bargain Date” by Westchester Magazine.

2010

SHP celebrates 20 years of publishing.

2012

Jo Ann Clark appointed Executive Director of the HVWC.
HVWC adopts a new strategic plan.

2013

SHP is featured at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference and Bookfair in Boston.

2014

HVWC and SHP will be featured at multiple AWP panels in Seattle.